A Belgian prince has been fined more than $ 10,000 for violating the rules of isolation – after he left the country, went to dinner and tested positive for coronavirus, a Spanish official said on Wednesday.
Prince Joachim, the 28-year-old nephew of King Philip of Belgium, traveled to Spain for an internship on May 24 – but he did not obey the mandate that incoming travelers should isolate themselves for 14 days, an official in Andalusia said.
Instead of staying inside, the prince went to a party in the southern city of Cordoba two days after he arrived – and then tested positive for the virus.
27 people participated in the shindig, in defiance of the Spanish lockdown The Brussels Times reports.
Joachim, who is tenth in line to the Belgian throne, pleaded guilty to breach of isolation and was fined $ 11,800, officials said.
The king was sentenced to a maximum fine for “violating strict civil protection.” [laws]If it is paid within 15 days, it will be reduced by 50 percent.
“Now that we are covering the epidemic, for the first time, we can’t lock a house with 40 or 50 people at a party,” said Andalusian President Juanma Moreno. “Because if one person gets infected, they can infect others.”
The prince issued a public statement last week, apologizing after the news of his locking shenanigans broke and is now in Spain following the rules of isolation.
“I would like to apologize for not respecting all the isolated activities during my trip,” Joachim said. “In these difficult moments, I don’t want to offend or insult anyone.”
Spain is among the countries most affected by the virus, with more than 242,000 cases of COVID-19 and 27,000 related deaths.
With Post Wires